A 55-year-old homeless man was killed Wednesday morning when he was struck by a truck as he attempted to cross Veterans Parkway just before 7, police say.
Joseph S. Locklier was hit at the 23rd Street intersection as he attempted to cross the busy road.
Locklier was the first traffic fatality of 2019, according to Sgt. Fred Carnes. There were 21 traffic fatalities in Columbus last year. Of those, six were pedestrians.
The driver of the truck has not been cited or charged, Carnes said Thursday morning. The investigation continues.
“It does not appear that speed was a factor,” Carnes said.
The posted speed limit on that section of Veterans Parkway is 45 miles per hour.
News 3’s Chuck Williams has been following the story since yesterday. He interviewed Columbus police Sgt. Chris Anderson, who is on the Motor Squad. He said there are simple rules to follow when you are crossing a busy street like Veterans.